ORANGE CITY, Iowa  (uj.edu) — The University of Jamestown women’s basketball team led No 2 Northwestern (Iowa) College 18-17 after one quarter Wednesday night, but the Red Raiders used a 50-23 scoring advantage in the second and third periods, taking an 88-58 victory in Great Plains Athletic Conference action.

Despite eight turnovers in the first ten minutes, Jamestown (13-16, 7-14 GPAC) shot 67 percent (8-for-12) and forced the Red Raiders into seven turnovers of their own.

The momentum shifted towards the home team in the second period, as UJ made only three of 15 shots and were outrebounded 16-7 (7-3 offensive) by NWC. The Red Raiders closed the first half on a 20-8 run and led 43-28 at the break.

Northwestern turned up the defense in the second half, limiting the Jimmies to only three field goals on 13 attempts and created seven turnovers. An 11-0 run early in the third, followed later by a 9-0 run essentially sealed the game for the Raiders.

Jory Mullen (SR/Pierre, SD) led UJ with nine points, while Grace Benz (FR/Steele, ND) and Marina Nowak (SR/Rogers, MN) both finished with eight.

Darbi Gustafson had a game-high 19 for Northwestern (24-3, 18-3 GPAC), who also had Kassidy De Jong (13) and Anna Kiel (12) hit for double figures.

Jamestown finishes the regular season Saturday against Morningside (Iowa) College at 2 p.m.



ORANGE CITY, Iowa   (uj.edu)— Six players hit for double figures as the 15th-ranked University of Jamestown men’s basketball team withstood a second-half Northwestern College rally, defeating the Red Raiders 98-85 Wednesday evening.

Jon Purintun (SR/Linton, ND) had 22 points and four assists for Jamestown (24-5, 14-5 Great Plains Athletic Conference), which locked up at least a tie for second place and the No. 3 seed in the GPAC Conference Tournament. A win Saturday at home against Morningside (Iowa) would give the Jimmies the second seed.

UJ shot 19-of-34 and made 10 of 11 foul shots on the way to a 55-point first half and 17-point halftime lead. The Jimmies opened the game on a 17-4 run and would eventually lead 28-7 with 11:37 in the half following seven straight points by Terrell Alfred (JR/Orlando, FL).

In the second half, Jamestown led by as many as 16 with 12:50 to play after Alfred converted a three-point play. Northwestern began their comeback with a Craig Sterk three-pointer, and just under six minutes later, cut UJ’s lead to eight.

Kevin Oberweiser (SR/Drummond, MT) drained a three-pointer and Purintun followed with another bucket to push the Jimmie lead back to 13. NWC went on a 13-4 run over the next 3:31 which brought them within four points, 87-83.

Purintun knocked down three of four free throws and added a driving layup, then Isaiah Dobson (JR/Stillwater, MN) hit a back-breaking three-pointer to put the Jimmies ahead 12 with 1:26 to play.

Dobson finished with 20 points, including five three-pointers. Jack Talley (SO/Sioux Falls, SD) chipped in with 15, and Oberweiser finished with 13. Brady Birch (SO/Melrose, MN) (12) and Alfred (11) came off the bench and reached double digits.

Sterk led Northwestern (16-12, 10-9 GPAC) with 21 points. Parker Mulder finished with 18 and Trent Hilbrands 11.